Career Resources

Rules for hugging at the workplace

By: Durga Elamaran

A sincere hug can be emotionally uplifting, especially during a trying period. It is said that a hug is warmer than a heap of blankets and more meaningful than a pile of words – and less destructive than indulging in a tub of ice cream!

However, hugs lie within a grey area at the workplace. While hugging at work is not illegal, it isn’t always well-received. Some may welcome your warm embrace while others appreciate more personal space.

During personal occasions, such as news of pregnancy or a personal tragedy, a brief hug (not more than three seconds) could be appropriate. But there are times when hugging can cause discomfort and unnecessary tension amongst co-workers. Here are 5 rules to abide by when it comes to workplace hugging.

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Do you have a job related to your college major?

One-third of college-educated workers say they don’t

When I was in college, I had trouble deciding what to eat for lunch every day or which bar to go to on a Saturday night, so when it came to choosing my college major, I was overwhelmed to say the least. I knew what I liked to do – write – but I didn’t know which major would be the most interesting to me and would help me get a job after college. I ultimately chose journalism, and I’ve since had jobs related to the field of study, but for many college students, the career they have after college ends up looking very different than what they’d envisioned when they picked their major.

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How to Prepare for Applying on a Form Application

Form applications may bring back memories of jobs you had in high school or college. But the truth is that many jobs you’ll apply for today will require applications. It’s a company’s way of getting standard information from every applicant and ensuring uniformity and fairness for all who apply.

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3 Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.


Photo credits: Library of Congress, New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection

By: Durga Elamaran

The late Sir Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Born on January 15 1929, King had always been a bright and ambitious individual. He entered college at 15 and stood high in the world by the age of 27. Even though he was offered numerous high paying jobs, he chose to fight for the freedom and rights of his fellow African-Americans, inspiring people around the world with his leadership and vision.

Here are three leadership lessons that we can learn from the extraordinary Nobel Peace Prize winner and humanitarian.(Read More Here!)

What ARE you doing all day at work?

I once had a job where, after four months in the office, I still couldn’t pinpoint exactly what one person did. She and I would be in the same meetings, but she didn’t say or do anything that hinted at her professional purpose. Not once did we collaborate on a project, though we made polite conversation in the hallways. When I asked my boss about this person’s role, I received an eye roll and a shrug. In other words, no one knew what this person with a vague job title spent her time doing.

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A Merry Workplace Christmas

By Durga Elamaran

Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh, hey!

It’s that time of the year for the big guy in red to climb down our chimneys (in Singapore, perhaps up the rubbish chute?) and leave us gifts of joy.

Christmas is a magical holiday and we’re all eager to celebrate this joyous occasion with our loved ones. And if even you’re required to work on Christmas Eve, no reason to despair – there are numerous reasons to bring the festive mood into the office.(Read More Here!)

Should I go to a JC or Poly?

By Durga Elamaran

Upon completion of secondary school, many will have one similar uncertainty in mind – to choose between Junior College (JC) and Polytechnic. Beyond prestige, you should consider a tertiary institution that suits your interests, passion and career goals. After all, you would not want to be under unnecessary pressure or stress at a tertiary institution where the standards are beyond your capabilities. So here are some tips to help you in your decision-making process:(Read More Here!)

3 Lessons from Running

By Julailah Wahid

Confession: I am a running junkie.

While others spend their weekend mornings in bed, I lace up my Nikes and head outside for a six-mile run. Running is an invigorating and therapeutic experience – it rids my mind of negativity, empowers me and allows me to appreciate life’s simple pleasures.

With that said, a runner’s journey is not always a walk in the park (it’s often several sprints). It involves many uphill battles (literally) and requires plenty of discipline, commitment and most importantly, patience. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: My Colleague Asked Me Out for Dinner. What Should I Do?

Question: My colleague recently asked me out to have dinner with him after work. I don’t particularly fancy him but I have a good working relationship with him and I don’t want to jeopardise that. What should I do?

Answer: No need to press the panic button just yet! On one hand, your colleague’s request to have dinner is a strong sign that he would like to see if a romantic relationship is viable – if it sounds like a date, it’s probably a date. On the other hand, it’s also possible that your colleague simply does not wish to dine alone that evening, and having a relaxing meal with a colleague is a good way to blow off steam and strengthen a working relationship.

That being said, having dinner with someone of the opposite gender implies a certain closeness which you may be uncomfortable at having to deal with, especially if it’s not something you regularly indulge in. Deciding to accept or decline this dinner invitation will hinge on a few factors. (Read More Here!)

3 Counterintuitive Tips for Setting Better Work Goals for your Team

Do you know that being too specific could actually harm your work goals' success? We suggest three (possibly) counter-intuitive tips to help you set better goals for your team.

By: Alythea Ho

The ability to set good work goals is essential for any manager who wants to effectively manage his or her team. Clear, well-defined goals help your staff see where they’re headed towards and what each of them needs to do to get the desired results.

When it comes to goal-setting, most people know the usual how-tos – be specific, stretch your team, keep them measurable etc. Yet it’s possible to go overboard in goal-setting, and you end up with a series of goals that demotivate your staff and achieve far below their intended purposes. (Read More Here!)